TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

The Rookery (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Rookery (The)

The Rookery is a great reel that was composed by flute player Vincent Broderick. It is quite a common session tune, which was taught to me by my friend Tom Delany.

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Sliabh Russell (jig) (Slieve Russell) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Sliabh Russell

Sliabh Russell (or “Slieve Russell”) is a well known jig all over Ireland. I learned this tune from my friend Tom Delany. It was also recorded on many albums, such as Hugh & Colm Healy’s “Macalla na hÓige”

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Mayor Harrison's Fedora (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Mayor Harrison’s Fedora

Mayor Harrison’s Fedora is one of my all-time favourite tunes. I learned it from my friend Johannes Perritaz, a great flute player from Switzerland.

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Matt Peoples' (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Matt Peoples’

Matt Peoples’ is a great session tune that I learned from Noel O’Donoghue, Hugh Healy & Sean Vaughan. It is the second tune on the famous opening track of the fantastic album recorded by Tommy Peoples, Matt Molloy and Paul Brady.

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The Moving Cloud (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Moving Cloud (The)

The Moving Cloud is a great reel that I associate with the playing of flute maestro Michel Bonamy. Noel Hill also recorded an amazing version of The Moving Cloud on his album “The Irish Concertina”.

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The Pipe On The Hob (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Pipe On The Hob (The)

“The Pipe On The Hob” is a very old tune that is quite common in sessions around Doolin. I associate this jig with Christy Barry and James Devitt.

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Random Tunes

Josephine Begley’s

I first learned “Josephine Begley’s” many years ago from Terry Bingham’s album, on which he calls this tune “Mairtin O’Connor’s”. I only found out in February 2021 that this hornpipe was in fact a composition of Frankie Gavin. It is the great flute and concertina player from Laois Tommy Fitzharris who provided me with this information.

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Maho Snaps (The)

“The Maho Snaps” is a lovely little jig that I got from Terry Bingham during the Russell Memorial Weekend a few years back. I believe Terry got this tunes from Cathal McConnell, the flute player with The Boys Of The Lough.

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Christy Barry’s Jig No. 1

“Christy Barry’s Jigs” are well known all over the world, this is the first one. Christy is a great flute and whistle player from Ennistymon, but he has been living in Doolin for many years. I have learned many tunes from Christy, who has always been so generous in the way he shares his music.

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